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Jun 4, 2016

World’s First 3D Printed Motorcycle

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, transportation

A 3D printed motorcycle weighs only 77 pounds.

The world’s first 3D printed motorcycle weighs only 77 pounds and is absolutely beautiful.

But it will cost you.

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Jun 4, 2016

A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

If you’ve ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, they end up being very heavy. However, thanks to research being done at Harvard on something called metalenses, one day those mgiant glass-filled lenses might be obsolete.

The curved surfaces on a glass lens focus incoming light onto a camera’s digital sensor. The more precise (and expensive) the lens is, the better the image it will produce.

Metalenses work in a similar way, but they’re not made of precision-ground glass. Instead, a layer of transparent quartz is completely covered in a layer of tiny towers made from titanium dioxide. When arranged in specific patterns, those complex tower arrays can focus light exactly like a glass lens does. Except that these tiny metalenses end up being thinner than a human hair, and weigh almost nothing.

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Jun 4, 2016

Snapchat’s new 3D scanning tech

Posted by in category: futurism

This is the tech behind Snapchat’s secret acquisition

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Jun 3, 2016

New Brain Implant Lets You Control Machines Using Your Thoughts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Australian scientists are developing a biocompatible implant that will allow paralyzed patients to control machines with just their thoughts.

Forget Siri and Cortana. Soon, you may be able to give commands to machines just by “thinking” them.

A team of researchers and engineers at Melbourne University are developing a stentrode, a tiny implant to be placed into a blood vessel next to the brain, which can record electric activity from a specific part of the brain. The information will then be decoded and interpreted into thoughts.

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Jun 3, 2016

Researchers use T-rays to look inside of broken microchips

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Terahertz radiation, or T-rays, can do some really incredible stuff. It can be used to scan for tumors and bombs build ultrafast wireless networks and see through solid objects. As an imaging technology, however, T-ray cameras have always had a resolution limitation. Well, they used to. Researchers at the University of Exter has developed a new terahertz camera that can see at a microscopic level — and they want to use it to find defects in microchips.

This breakthrough kind of changes the game for terahertz imaging. The radiation has always been able to look through solid objects without damaging them — which is why it’s frequently used in the art world to look past the surface layer of various masterpieces — but resolution limitations kept it from being used to diagnose broken computer chips.

Project lead Rayko Stantchev says his team has effectively doubled the technology’s resolution, creating a proof-of-principle prototype that can see a microscopic image printed on a circuit board obscured by a thick silicon wafer. “With our device you could test the quality of microchips that have buried under optically-opaque materials,” Stantchev says. “Allowing you to tell if a hidden chip is broken without having to open it up.”

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Jun 3, 2016

Luxembourg says law legalizing mining asteroids will be completed

Posted by in categories: law, space

I still believe we need some sort of Environmental Protection Oversight in Space with the space junk already much less with mining.

One of Europe’s smallest states, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, cast its eyes to the cosmos on Friday, announcing it would draw up a law to facilitate mining on asteroids.

Extracting precious metals, rare minerals and other valuable commodities on passing asteroids is a staple of science fiction, but Luxembourg says incentives are urgently needed to turn this dream into fact.

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Jun 3, 2016

Engineering to Science: “You Complete Me”

Posted by in categories: engineering, science


Dassault chooses the annual Abaqus user conference to mark its entry into science.

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Jun 3, 2016

eBay does not want to be a lesser version of Amazon

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Here’s a concept; why doesn’t Walmart buy eBay? Or, even better, Elon Musk buy eBay?

EBay is no longer just a place to bid on used stuff.

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Jun 3, 2016

New Mexico hackathon provides template for Native STEM engagement

Posted by in categories: evolution, innovation

So, all of this nextgen technology is wonderful; I truly see the vision and how to make it happen over time. However, what about the native people of the countries where this innovation and advancement is occurring? Are they getting the opportunity to be a part of the innovation story? Or, are they being left behind?

At Microsoft, we established many programs and outreach programs to engage many of the Native Americans across the US; I would like to encourage others to think about how can more be done to include the indigenous people of your countries to be part of the innovation/ evolution story. It truly is rewarding to so many.

The first Native Youth My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon saw students produce several games, apps.

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Jun 3, 2016

Illinois Black Triangles: Are Mysterious Crafts In The Sky UFOs Or Secret Government Tech?

Posted by in categories: alien life, Elon Musk, government, military, space travel

Prior to the B2 bomber was released; many saw a black triangle object flying at dusk/ evening and no noise. Therefore, this article doesn’t surprise me because governments have to test their jets and other machines.

Just this week, Elon Musk said that he hopes to send people to Mars by 2024; now, Illinois residents are wondering if the black triangles they’re seeing in the sky are alien spacecraft or U.S. military technology. As The Verge reported, Musk announced his plans to ferry humanity to the red planet at the Code Conference on June 1. On May 22, an Illinois man reported seeing a black triangle craft in the sky at about 9:30 p.m.

Could the Illinois black triangle sighted in May (and the many other black triangle sightings that have occurred in the past) be related to plans to get humanity to Mars? Maybe.

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